Friday, September 28, 2012

Box Top challenge and September wrap-up

In August I challenged everyone to collect as many Box Tops as they could and send them in to their child's school, then come back to the blog and let me know how many you were able to do.  I turned in fifty for September thanks to the help of my mom.  She gave me half of what I turned in.

Today was the last school day of the month so it is time to see how you did.  Let me know in the comments what you were able to turn in.

Now for something really off topic for me.  I want to give a shout-out to Petal High School.  Football is big here, after all this is the South.  They played against Oak Grove, a rival team that is currently being coached in part by Brett Favre (yes, that Brett Favre).  The score was 21-17 in OGHs favor and were making an attempt for a touch down in the last two minutes of the game.  Here are those last few minutes (you may want to turn down the volume a bit and if you are getting this in RSS you might have to click through).

This game was also featured last night on Fox Sports South, although this footage and announcing is from the high school's cameras and radio announcers.  Being an alum you can't help but be happy with the outcome.  I think it is an exciting play to watch even if you aren't a Petal fan.  Great job Panthers! #panthernation

Don't worry Brett, we are still your fans too.

I was supposed to move into an air cast for my leg, and I did, but gave up on it and just started going without.  That's right, I can finally walk on my leg just six weeks after I broke it at the beginning of August.  I don't go back for my final appointment until next week, but it seems to be doing well.  Right now I only have a bit of a limp and move pretty slowly.  I hope to be able to walk well soon.  I feel pretty lucky that I didn't require surgery and things are going well with it.

I was also happy to learn that my Jessie costume was featured at two sites this past month.

Serenity you

Hope everyone has had a fabulous September.  Don't forget to stop by and like Snickety Things on Facebook.  There will be some new things showing up there soon.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Custom zipper pulls

If your kids are attending school, you know their belongings may look just like some of the other kids belongings.  To give my girls' things look a little different, I thought I might make them special tags to hang from the zipper.

A few weeks ago I picked up a package of Ideaology Fragments.  I didn't know what I would use them for, but I picked them up for around $4 and couldn't resist the price.

I was really excited because there were 16 different shapes in all kinds of sizes.  I was disappointed after opening them because they were scratched up more than I would have hoped from hitting each other in the package.  For use on the girls' stuff they would still work.

I plan to use several of these in different ways.  The first thing I decided on was using the vinyl have.  I started with a one inch circle and a one inch square.

On the back, I put a pink crown for the Princess on the circle and a Mickey Mouse silhouette on the square for Boo using my Cameo to cut them out.

On the front I put their initials. It is hard to tell, but Boo's initials are red to stay with the Mickey theme.  I used black on the Princess' for a strong contrast.

I like how you can see all the way through to the design on the back.

I was hoping to surprise them in the morning by hanging them on their lunch bags, but I am going to have to find a way to attach them.  I will post a picture in a future post of how I attached them when I do.

I will post more ideas using the Fragments soon.  Why don't you tell me what you would make with them in the comments.

Monday, September 24, 2012

What I've been reading

I know it has been a while since I've done a book review.  It doesn't mean I haven't been reading, just that I haven't had a chance to do the reviews.  Click on any of the pictures to take you to the book on Amazon.

First, I've been reading more zombie books.  The first is a trilogy called "As the World Dies".  The first book is The First Days, followed by Fighting to Survive and finally Siege all  by Rhiannon Frater.

I am going to say that I almost couldn't get through the first bit of the first book.  It is by far the most creepy zombie scenario I've read.  As a whole the series isn't too bad.  This series differed in the ones I've read in that there is a group of people who dig in instead of trying to move around to survive.  It touches on other broad topics when it delves into the personalities of the characters.  Some of the characters were portrayed well and some seemed cliches of what you would think a character to be.

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The next book is also a zombie book called  Zone One by Colson Whitehead.

I didn't much care for this book.  It was slow to start and never seemed to get anywhere.  There was not much zombie action (the reason I read a zombie book) and I was honestly surprised that I managed to finish it.

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I've been reading some other books but I will save those for another day.

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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Professional looking supplies

I'm kind of excited because I got some new craft supplies in.  I can't wait to play with them, but in order to do that I need to organize my work area.  Right now it consists of everything sitting around me in a circle so it is within reach because of my leg.  That isn't working for much longer though.  I'm able to get around better and the hubs has decided that things can't stay the way they are so I have been working to get things in order procrastinating on starting.  One of things I did was put my blog logo on some office supplies so they would look more professional.

Remember when I showed you how I made my own logo?  If you don't, go check it out here, I'll wait.  I thought it would be pretty neat to see my logo on some office supplies that I picked up on clearance at Walmart.  I just cut it out of white vinyl using my Silhouette Cameo.

Here it is on an accordion file folder that only cost me 50 cents.

Of course I picked the apple green color.

Here it is on an index card holder that cost 10 cents.

I use the accordion file to keep up with orders I get when I make things for people and I haven't decided what I will use the card holder for yet.  I will say that I may make the flower a little more thick next time I make something.  It was very thin and they eyes in the flower didn't want to cooperate,

Notice anything about the second picture?  It wasn't taken in my photo light box like the file folder.  That is because my girls got a little overzealous in playing and knocked it over, tearing all three sheets of tissue paper.

I may have to cover the sides with some fabric so it is a bit more sturdy.  I may also try to figure out if I can make the box collapsible so it isn't in the way where it can be knocked off.

I'll try to take pictures of my craft area when I get it set up.  It might take me a few weeks to get it done.

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